REDLAND City Council is considering ways to pass on any savings to ratepayers from the July Senate decision to axe the carbon tax.
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Redland City mayor Karen Williams said all savings from axing the carbon tax will be passed on.

Redland City mayor Karen Williams said all savings from axing the carbon tax will be passed on.

Redland chief executive Bill Lyon said councillors would consider all options, including refunding the city’s 67,000 ratepayers, at Wednesday’s general meeting.

Mr Lyon said other proposals included cuts to commercial and industrial tip fees.

In July, the Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the $24.15 tax for each metric ton of carbon dioxide introduced in July 2012.

At the time, mayor Karen Williams said any savings would go to residents or be reinvested in the city.

Since then, council officers have investigated how much the organisation stood to recoup from suppliers who are now required to pass on carbon tax savings.

Cr Williams also wrote to Treasurer Joe Hockey to seek clarification on the details and timeframes for the carbon tax rebates to local authorities.

She said after the tax was introduced in 2012, council calculated it added about $17.50 to each ratepayer’s bill but about $2million to the city’s operating costs.

She defended the council’s stance of not nominating an exact rebate figure, unlike Brisbane council, which promised to refund ratepayers $36 in the October rates notice and keep future rates increases lower.

“The $17.50 figure was one of the costs we could actually measure when the tax was introduced in 2012 but we tried to absorb most of that anyway,” she said.

“There was a direct cost of about $1.2million but further indirect costs brought that up to about $2million.

“But council will pass on savings through budget reviews over the coming year as the repeal of the tax is expected to reduce our costs.”

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